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He was tempted, but wanted to get back to Sarah. Talks with them and others at Michilimackinac made him realize how difficult it was to keep a monopoly together. In a settlement on the Mississippi called St. Louis, Spanish and Louisiana French traders clashed with hunters from the Michilimackinac who claimed exclusive rights to the Illinois country and along the Wabash and the lower Ohio. To the north, the formidable Hudson’s Bay Company squeezed the Northwest men. Chartered by Charles II in 1670 to promote trade in the Hudson Bay region and to seek the fabled Northwest Passage to Asia, the company not only controlled the fur trade but governed immense expanses of territory.

He was not yet thirty-seven, and after fifteen years in the New World, his net worth was something more than $100,000. 6 k China Profits I t was on a sweltering September day in 1793 that ninety Europeans had been allowed to travel to Emperor Qianlong’s summer retreat north of Beijing. The rulers of the world’s largest and oldest empire had never dealt with other governments on the basis of equality and regarded all foreign envoys as bearers of tribute. Lord George Macartney, who headed the delegation, hoped to negotiate the first Western trade agreement with the octogenarian emperor Qianlong.

Although J. J. could never own the property, it would become the cornerstone of his real estate wealth.

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